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Your weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A dry night ahead for the West Midlands with some clear spells, here's the full forecast including for the start of Wednesday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date on the weather in your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Ambulance service to take over non-emergency 111 calls

From November, the non-emergency 111 medical helpline is going to be run across the West Midlands by the region's ambulance service, with the exception of Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it plans to integrate the service with its 999 call-handling and that this would mean "patients can be better directed to the most appropriate care".

WMAS call centre
WMAS

WMAS also said that when it takes over from Care UK, there would be fewer 111 patients being sent an ambulance and fewer being sent to accident and emergency departments.

It added it would look to transfer across staff already working for Care UK.

Cricket: Bears target follow on but Pears struggle

BBC Sport

Warwickshire will be trying to quickly finish off Somerset's first innings today as they have a chance of making the County Championship contenders follow on.

After the Bears were dismissed for 419 on day two, the visitors reached 167-5, still needing a further 103 to avoid being forced to bat again straight away.

While in Division Two, Worcestershire are facing a battle to avoid defeat against Northamptonshire when they resume on 42-4 in their second innings on day three.

The visitors were dismissed for 376, giving them a first innings lead of 190, before Ben Sanderson took four wickets to leave the Pears struggling.

You can follow both games via BBC local radio commentary or the BBC Cricket website.

Will you need a brolly later?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're set for a mainly fine, dry day with sunny spells, here's the full forecast.

Alex Hamilton

You can get the latest forecast for your area at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Turning dry and clear tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The showers we've seen today in the West Midlands should fade as we head into tonight which is expected to be mainly dry and clear:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Fairer funding demand from rural councils

BBC Midlands Today

Boris Johnson is being urged by the leaders of dozens of councils to give them a fairer funding deal.

Shropshire Council's HQ
BBC

They include those in charge of five local authorities in the West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The demand's made in an open letter to the prime minister in the Telegraph and claims counties get £240 per resident compared with £449 in urban areas.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says councils have been given £46.4bn this year and it'll work to get councils their financial settlement for next year as soon as possible.

Cricket: Bears in strong position but Pears slump

BBC Sport

Warwickshire will start day two of their County Championship match with Somerset in a strong position at 303-4 in their first innings.

Teenage batsman Rob Yates (pictured) will continue on 139, his maiden first-class century for the Bears.

Ron Yates
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While in Division Two, Worcestershire will be hoping to take quick wickets today after Northamptonshire had the better of day one.

The Pears made 186 in their first innings before their hosts ended the day 140-3.

You can follow both games via BBC local radio commentary or the BBC Cricket website.

Will you need your umbrella again?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A mix of sunny spells with some heavy showers - here's the full weather forecast.

Alex Hamilton

Stay up to date with the latest weather for you area by heading to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

Wet day turning to dry night

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After all the rain we should be in for a largely dry night - here's the full forecast, including for the start of your weekend:

Rebecca Wood

Keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Wet day ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet one today with rain due to spread across the West Midlands throughout the day - here's the full forecast:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Weather set to change from tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Dry and clear to start tonight but it's then going to soon turn cloudy - here's the full forecast for the West Midlands.

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time for your area from the BBC Weather website.

Hundreds man the phones to help students through clearing

Hundreds of university staff and students are manning phones today, to help young people who didn't get the grades they wanted.

They're also helping students find accommodation for September.

And they've been sharing inspirational stories from past students who came to them through clearing and ended up having a really positive experience.

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Big differences in A-level maths results

Maths proved the most popular subject at A-levels this year.

Across the country, 41.4% of 18-year-olds got A or A* grades, but there was a big variation across the country and across exam boards.

Documents first reported by the Daily Telegraph revealed that students taking papers set by both Pearson/Edexcel and OCR needed just 55% and 54% respectively to get an A grade.

Graphic
BBC

The results cover ceremonial counties, so Stoke-on-Trent figures are included with Staffordshire and Telford ones as part of Shropshire.

The number of students taking the subject in each county also differs significantly with just 255 in Herefordshire and 3,410 in the West Midlands.

Shropshire and Worcestershire students set bar at A-levels

Shropshire A-level students had the highest percentage of As and A*s in Economics in the country, figures from Ofqual have revealed.

And Worcestershire students came out top in Physical Education, with 23.3% getting a grade of A or A*.

A-level results
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Out of the 195 students taking economics in Shropshire, 46.7% got a grade of A or A* - well above the national average of 30.1%.

The figures also show that Staffordshire students got the lowest percentage of A or A*s in maths - 28%.

Water company to pay for 1.3 million trees

Severn Trent Water says it will pay for 1.3 million trees to be planted in the Midlands over the next five years.

The water company is supplying them to the Woodland Trust, which is working with farmers and landowners to find suitable locations.

Tree planting
Severn Trent

The firm has paid for 700,000 of them since 2015, mostly in Derbyshire, but now wants to widen the scheme out to cover Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

It said the trees, which will all be native species, can improve drainage, reduce the amount of chemicals leaking into rivers, and improve air quality.

Some showers to start the day

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Some scattered showers around this morning in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast for the region:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time for your area by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Cauliflower could be off the menu

Cauliflower growers in Evesham are among farmers across the country whose crops have been destroyed after heavy rainfall in June followed by July's heatwave.

Cauliflower
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The Brassica Growers Association said the shortages - also affecting broccoli, sprouts and cabbage - were "very concerning".

Cauliflower prices have soared and some suppliers have advised customers - including restaurants and hotels - to take cauliflowers off their menus until stocks recover.

What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Well it's going to be a very wet day today so make sure you pack an umbrella.

There's also a weather warning in place for possible heavy thundery showers across the region.

West Midlands weather 14 August 2019

Tonight and tomorrow's weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's just the chance of the odd shower this evening but it should then be mainly dry overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time from the BBC Weather website.

Thunderstorms warning for Wednesday

Allen Cook

BBC News

Thunderstorms could cause flooding and disrupt transport in parts of the West Midlands tomorrow, the Met Office has said.

Area covered by warning
Met Office

A yellow weather warning's been issued covering most of the region from 14:00 until 22:00.

Fine, sunny day ahead for Tuesday

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Today looks like being a generally fine day for most of the West Midlands, here's the full weather forecast:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Chance of showers tonight

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a mostly dry day, there's a chance of some scattered showers overnight.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including for tomorrow:

Alex Hamilton with Monday night's West Midlands weather

You can get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Dry start to Monday's weather

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

The week's set to start mainly dry and pretty cloudy across the West Midlands, here's the forecast for the whole of Monday:

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date with the weather where you are at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Warning of heavy rain and high winds

The Met Office is warning of heavy rain for the rest of the day and has issued a yellow warning, meaning there is a warning of thunderstorms and flooding across the West Midlands.

And it has issued another yellow warning for tomorrow, saying it's expecting high winds.

Worcester
WorcsPaul

Plans for new church and community centre

BBC Hereford and Worcester

There are plans for a new Baptist church and community centre in Evesham.

Plans have been submitted to Wychavon District Council for a hall with space for 200 worshippers on land off Offenham Road, with function rooms and a creche as well.

Offenham Road
Google

The Bromford Group has also applied to build 47 homes on the site, as part of the same development.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a showery day with some heavy rain expected later and highs of 23C (73F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Hospitals set to miss out on £7m new housing funds

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Christian Barnett

A hospital trust's been told it's unlikely to get £7m from developers building thousands of new homes, despite NHS bosses warning that, without it, patients would in future get "substandard care".

Worcestershire Royal Hospital sign
PA Media

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust wants the funds from the firms behind almost 5,000 new homes planned for the west and south of Worcester so it doesn't end up overwhelmed with patients in the future.

Its bid is in a report to be discussed by Malvern Hills District Council's planning committee next week.

The trust warns, with no new funding, its hospitals would have to run over capacity, waiting times would rise and operations could be cancelled.

But the council's planning officers say the multimillion-pound request is too late in the negotiation stage and would jeopardise existing agreements, reached after the planning applications were approved.

Rain weather warning updated

Heavy rain could cause travel disruption from 15:00 tomorrow, the Met Office is warning.

A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of heavy bursts will move northwards during Friday afternoon.

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for Saturday, with further disruption expected.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry day with some sunny spells and highs of 24C (75F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Sunny end to Wednesday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Some late sunshine around this evening before a dry night.

Here's the full weather forecast for the West Midlands, including tomorrow:

Rich Davis

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Sunny spells and showers to start Wednesday

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A mix of sunny spells and showers this morning in the West Midlands and here's how the rest of the day's weather is looking:

Rich Davis

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.